What happened to the game? I remember when Rep grinds were optional, and now they have become most of the game. You know what players don’t like? Forced, repetitive rep grinds.
Back in the day, you could do rep, or not do rep, depending on what you wanted to get from the vendor. Want a crazy new mount? Grind the rep, want a new pattern for tailoring? Grind the rep. That was a fine system, and doing literally anything else in game was possible without the rep grind. Want to raid? No need for rep, unless you want that special something from the vendor. So most of the community went about their lives never doing rep grinds because they found that they were not all that fun or entertaining.
Now let’s fast forward to today. You MUST rep grind if you want ANYTHING from the game. Forced, boring, slow rep grinds for everything. Want to do dailies? Rep grind. Want a new race in a game you paid for? Rep grind. Want to fly? Rep grind. Finally done with that leveling to 120? Here, now go and rep grind by doing the same boring things over again.
I will say, back in the day at least they let you get rep. through tabards, now if you want the tabard, you guessed it, rep grind.
I mean honestly, you force players to grind away rep in the most boring way possible, and you have the nerve to wonder why the game is losing players? here’s a hint, players like to play games that are fun, not games that are forcing them into boring content as a way to save money instead of creating good content. Meanwhile, you are locking content you spent time and money on behind rep, so that the people who play won’t even get that content. Like, honestly here, what percentage of WoWers have all allies races unlocked? Like really?
When you were a kid and your parents made you clean your room before eating ice cream, that was the old rep grind. Now it’s as if you have been shipped to a military academy where you spend 20 hours a day cleaning your room, and in return they might give you no dairy frozen desert once a year. And you wonder why enrollment dropped?..